SVK V4 Presidency: Debut VIMIMED 2019 for medical professionals takes place in Slovakia

Medical professionals have come to Slovakia to take part in the debut Visegrad Military Medicine Conference 2019 (VIMIMED 2019) held at the SVK Armed Forces Academy (AOS) in Liptovský Mikuláš on 4-6 February 2019. The Conference is being organised under the SVK V4 Presidency by the Office of the SVK Armed Forces Surgeon General (OSG). Taking part in the Conference are 61 foreign and 19 SVK delegates, including representatives from the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) in Budapest, Hungary and the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre (MMCC) in Koblenz, Germany.

Day 1 of VIMIMED 2019 was attended by DCHOD/COS Brig Gen Miroslav Lorinc, Commandant of AOS Prof Jozef Puttera, Mayor of Liptovský Mikuláš Ján Blcháč, and other guests. According to SVK Armed Forces Surgeon General Col Vladimír Lengvarský, the main aim of the 1st international conference was to look into ways how to deepen the V4 defence cooperation on military medicine. At the conference, military doctors, medical staff and medics addressed, among others, the shortages of medical capabilities, e.g. air medevac, before exploring medical trade-specific training and education issues, force protection for medical units on operations abroad, medical support to Special Operations Forces (SOF), veterinary support, medical logistics, and integration of lessons learned from international crisis management operations in different parts of the world.
 
VIMIMED 2019 focused on sharing information, forging closer cooperation and increasing the interoperability of V4 medical deployments. Representatives of the V4 Defence Medical Services, Brig Gen Zoltán Bubeník (CZE A), Brig Gen István Kopcsó (HUN A) and Dr Aurelia Ostrowska (POL C) welcomed the Slovak initiative and agreed to step up V4 cooperation in the field of military medicine and organise regular annual meetings. Conference delegates were keen to see the presentation of the NATO MILMED COE Budapest as well as other presentations and practical demonstrations.

Author: KOd - Jozef Žiak, Photo: KOd - Jozef Žiak - Date: 06.02.2019
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